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National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Pacific Northwest Region

Quarterly Report
February to April 2005


Table of Contents

A. NETWORK PROGRAMS

  1. Health Professional Access to Information
  2. Assess Needs of Health Science Librarians
  3. Network Membership Program
  4. Document Delivery
  5. Resource Libraries
  6. Communication
  7. Regional Advisory Committee
  8. Monitor Region's Programs
  9. User Feedback
  10. Training Facility
  11. NLM User/Non-User Needs Assessment
  12. NLM Grants
  13. Follow-up with NLM-funded Projects

B. OUTREACH PROGRAMS

  1. Outreach to Health Professionals
  2. Consumer Health Information Services
  3. Training to Support Electronic Access to Health Information
  4. Exhibits and Presentations at Meetings
  5. Technology Awareness and Integration
  6. Library Improvement
  7. Connections

C. ENHANCEMENTS

D. NN/LM WEB SERVICE

E. ADMINISTRATION, STAFF AND OTHER


A. NETWORK PROGRAMS

1. Health Professional Access to Information
Nothing to report this quarter.

2. Assess Needs of Health Science Librarians
We initiated a survey to determine what scholarly communication and open access activities are being conducted in the region, and learn what support from the RML and NLM is desired.

3. Network Membership Program
In this region as of the end of this quarter:

  1. 156 Full Members-same as last quarter. (Note that this number does not include WAUPNR, which is counted as a full member by DOCUSER because WAUPNR is active in DOCLINE. However, WAUPNR is the LIBID for the NN/LM PNR office.)
  2. 187 Affiliate Members-six more than last quarter: United Way of Anchorage (AKUIWO), Community to Community Development (WAUKEL), Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (WAUKGW), Alaskan Center for Rural Health (AKUKGX), American Indian Student Association (WAUKHJ), and Rural Health Development dba Montana Health Network, Inc. (MTUKHN).
  3. 156 full DOCLINE participants-same as last quarter. (Note that this number omits two Demo Libraries, WAUXXF and AKUXXK, which are "active" DOCLINE participants but are not real accounts; it also omits WAUPNR, which is an active DOCLINE participant but is the LIBID for the NN/LM PNR office. It also omits the three "Borrow-Only" DOCLINE libraries: Oregon State University ORUGYU; Willamette University ORUGYO; and Shriner's Hospital for Children Research Department, ORUCDQ-these are counted as affiliate members.)
  4. 24 Public Libraries-no real change from last quarter, but an apparent increase of one because Clearwater Memorial Public Library (IDUIFP) had been misidentified as "Other" rather than "Public." One of these public libraries, Port Townsend Public Library, WAUZEG, is a DOCLINE participant (and therefore a full member). Three of the public libraries listed in DOCLINE are not network members-their records were entered by NLM staff because they'd had ILL transactions with NLM: Seattle Public Library's record (WAUGZW), Asotin County Library (WAUJNV), Hillsboro Public Library (ORUJNT). So, 21 network members are public libraries.
  5. 146 libraries are contributing their Serial Holdings data to DOCLINE-no change from last quarter. This figure is obtained by using the DOCLINE filters "My Region" and "Reports Serial Holdings." This search returns a total of 149 institutions, two of which are demo libraries and one of which is the NN/LM PNR office. Eliminating those 3 leaves 146.

4. Document Delivery
DOCLINE Tutorial: Region 4 has added sections on People, Addresses, and creating serials Reports.

The decision was made to put planning regarding a Pacific Northwest docMD project on hold pending discussion with Resource Library directors at the meeting in October, 2005.

We revised and updated job description for the Resource Sharing/Network Coordinator position and advertised the upcoming vacancy.

5. Resource Libraries
Nothing to report this quarter.

6. Communication
This quarter PNRML staff me mbers participated in conference calls for consumer health coordinators, outreach/education coordinators, DOCLINE coordinators, Special Populations Coordinators and the monthly NNO conference calls for all staff as well as conferences calls for special purposes.

There were 201 messages on HLIB-NW, the regional discussion list that the RML manages and maintains. Thirty-nine of these messages, or 19%, were sent from PNRNews, the official NN/LM PNR announcement list.

The RML sponsored a webcast of the MLA satellite teleconference/webcast "Partnering for Public Health: Information, Librarians, and the Public Health Workforce" on March 9, 2005. Eighteen network members and other interested individuals attended.

On March 31, 2005 Dragonfly, the newsletter of the NN/LM PNR, moved to a blog format. It is no longer a quarterly publication. Articles and announcements are published as soon as they are written and are now compiled monthly. A feature of the new design is that readers can make comments about the items that are posted. Announcements and new articles will still be posted on PNRNews and HLIB-NW lists to alert subscribers when new information is available on the blog.

7. Regional Advisory Committee
G. Kouame moderated the meeting of the Consumer Health Advisory Committee on February 3 and 4. Part of the meeting was dedicated to updates on topics from the previous meeting and part was used to solicit input and feedback from the group about expanded outreach focus with community-based organizations.

8. Monitor Region's Programs
Nothing to report this quarter.

9. User Feedback
Nothing to report this quarter.

10. Training Facility
NN/LM PNR hosted NTCC Gateway class on April 4 and PubMed training on April 5.

11. NLM User/Nonuser Needs Assessment
Nothing to report this quarter.

12. NLM Grants
Linda Milgrom discussed potential IADL application with Carolyn Adams ( Legacy Hospitals, Portland, OR), wrote letter of support for Information Systems proposal resubmission of PKIDs ( Vancouver, WA), and discussed unsuccessful IADL application with Dolores Judkins (OHSU, Portland, OR).

L. Milgrom was asked by NNO to serve on a Technical Assistance/Proposal Writing Committee; first teleconference March 2. Catherine Burroughs was asked to serve on this committee as resource staff.

13. Follow-up with NLM-funded Projects
Nothing to report this quarter.

B. OUTREACH PROGRAMS

1. Outreach to Health Professionals
L. Milgrom gave a presentation on NLM resources and the NN/LM to Executive Committee, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Quinault, WA, April 20.

She also taught two hands-on workshops for staff of the Washington Department of Health, Olympia, April 12.

2. Consumer Health Information Services
G. Kouame taught "Prescription for Success" and "From Snake Oil to Penicillin" classes in Portland - March 14. Taught "Looking in All the Wrong Places" and "Beyond an Apple A Day" classes in Portland - March 28. All sessions were sponsored by PORTALS. Many participants were interested in getting the CH Information Specialist certification through MLA.

3. Training to Support Electronic Access to Health Information
L. Milgrom presented "What's New with PubMed" for UW Health Sciences librarians, February 2.

We solicited proposals for new $10,000 express outreach awards, applications due May 6.

We also reviewed and awarded three express planning awards:

  • Voices of Hope (Great Falls, MT) to facilitate a suicide prevention planning process with regional mental health centers, HIS, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and regional task forces.
  • Puget Sound Alliance for Community Technology (PSACT, Seattle, WA) to conduct assessment and training with King County Housing Authority residents and staff.
  • Cross Cultural Health Care Program (Seattle, WA) to plan contribution of Washington State info on multi-lingual and multi-cultural health materials into Refugee Health Information Network.

We kept in touch with ongoing Outreach Project Awardees (reports appended):

  • St. Mary's Hospital, Cottonwood, ID, on schedule
  • Public Health Nursing project (OHSU, Portland, OR), on schedule

Technology Training for Trusted Sources in Diverse Communities (Associates in

  • Cultural Exchange, Seattle) completed their project and submitted their final report.
  • AHEC/Lincoln County Health Coalition Internet Access Project (AHEC at WSU, Spokane, WA)-updates on project activities still a problem.
  • Evaluating and Promoting Health Literacy in Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts at the Seattle Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (UW Health Sciences Library, Seattle, WA), on schedule.
  • Skagit County Health Literacy Project (Skagit Valley Hospital, Mount Vernon, WA), on schedule.
  • Alaska Health Information Outreach Project (Alaska Division of Public Health, Juneau, AK), on schedule
  • Walking for Health (Willamette Falls Hospital, Oregon City, OR), on schedule

We also monitored five continuing AEHI projects, all on schedule, (reports appended):

  • African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry: Access to Wellness Project 2004-2005 (Seattle, WA)
  • Electronic Access for Reliable Health and Medical Information Project (Sno-Isle Regional Library, Marysville, WA)
  • Health Reference Triage: Health Resources for Public Librarians (Tuality Health Information Resource Center, Hillsboro, OR)
  • Locating Healthcare Resource for Rural Communities (Oregon Pacific AHEC, Corvallis, OR)
  • Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (Voices of Hope, Great Falls, MT)

Quarterly reports were received for the five COPPA awards funded through NN/LM PNR subcontracts (reports appended).

4. Exhibits and Presentations at Meetings
The RML and regional colleagues exhibited at the following national and regional meetings. Exhibit reports are included in the appendix.

National exhibits this quarter:

  • None

Regional exhibits this quarter:

  • Washington Library Association, Spokane, WA, April 20-23
  • Montana Library Association, Billings, MT, April 23-26

Northwest Regional Rural Health Annual Conference, Spokane, WA March 23-25 Regional/local exhibit, funded by mini-award, to Julie Niederhauser, Kenai Community Library:

  • Kenai Village Health Fair, Kenai, AK, March 12.

Reviewed and awarded mini-exhibit awards to:

  • Julie Niederhauser, Kenai Community Library (above)
  • Sally Bremner, University of Alaska Anchorage, for Alaska Palliative Care Symposium to be held May 10-12
  • Cher Ketah, Edmonds Community College (Lynnwood, WA), for Indian Health Fair to be held May 6-8

5. Technology Awareness and Integration
Nothing to report this quarter.

6. Library Improvement
Nothing to report this quarter.

7. Connections
R. Sahali assisted Lynn Holder, Director, UW Tribal Community Partnership, Educational Partnerships & Learning Technologies, with planning for the Colville Tribe behavioral health grant proposal to HHS.

C. ENHANCEMENTS

D. NN/LM WEB SERVICE

NN/LM Web Service:
Visits per Month

Year
February March April
2005
164262 137456 182524
2004
130983 154616 138927

NN/LM Web Service:
/members/reports/Transmitted
Year February March April
2005 1962 1447 2028
2004 1342 1450 1367

E. ADMINISTRATION, STAFF AND OTHER

PNR staff attended and participated in the HIP Advisory Committee meeting on February 3-4, and the MLA Satellite Conference on Public Health, March 9. PNR staff also provided an RML update at the Washington Medical Librarian Association annual conference April 1.

L. Milgrom, Kathi Canese, and staff of GeneClinics had teleconference and discussions regarding special genetics searches/hedges in PubMed.

L. Milgrom attended Beyond Google CE class in conjunction with WMLA meeting March 31, and the Regional Steering Committee meeting, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, Seattle, April 14-15.

L. Milgrom also served as a peer reviewer for an article about PubMed searching to be published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

M. Blake attended a day-long workshop "Effective Marketing for Libraries" in Bellingham, Washington, sponsored by the Washington State Library.

M. Blake co-taught "Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation to Demonstrate Value" a class for hospital librarians that M. Blake and Betsy Kelly, Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM MCR, co-developed. They were invited to teach on March 4 by the NN/LM NER in Worcester, MA and over fifty librarians attended the day-long workshop.

C. Burroughs chaired a planning committee (R. Sahali, S. Barnes, G. Kouame) for a full staff retreat held February 24 and 25.

Sherrilynne Fuller attended the Northwest Tribal Leaders Summit on Water Quality in Sitka, AK, April 17-22 and provided a display with environmental health information which was very popular. In addition she did several information presentations on NLM resources.

S. Fuller also met several times with Dr. Charles Iliff, Admissions Specialist from Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, to discuss developing curriculum content on identifying and evaluating health information resources. Sheldon Jackson College is also interested in developing the health information specialist concept.

In addition S. Fuller met Barbra Holian, Director, Public Relations, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, who is very interested in potential train the trainer session and also in our small grants for outreach projects.